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- DescriptionBill Maher travels to Israel, England, the Netherlands, Vatican City, and across America, speaking to people about faith and religion in the very funny documentary RELIGULOUS. Maher, a stand-up comedian who has hosted the talk shows POLITICALLY INCORRECT on ABC and REAL TIME on HBO and has written such bestsellers as DOES ANYBODY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT? and WHEN YOU RIDE ALONE, YOU RIDE WITH BIN LADEN, reaches out to religious leaders as well as regular folk on the street, discussing the existence of God and the importance of organised religion.
Maher makes it clear from the start that he is not a fan of religion and does not believe in God, and he has fun skewering people who do--including Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Mormons, rabbis, priests, politicians, scientists, evangelical ministers, and even a preacher whose church is a converted truck. He also visits such places as the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, where he interviews the actor who plays Jesus in a live show there, and the Red Light District in Amsterdam, notorious for its legalised drugs and prostitution. As he has done on his television programs and in his books, Maher questions literal interpretations of the Bible, seeing it more as a collection of fairy tales.
Director Larry Charles (BORAT, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM) intersperses clips from Hollywood films about religion to punctuate Maher's points, often to hilarious effect. The soundtrack is also used effectively, including such songs as the Doobie Brothers' 'Jesus Is Just Alright', Ben Folds's 'Jesusland', and Billy Bragg and Wilco's 'Christ For President'. Like such Michael Moore documentaries as FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, Maher's RELIGULOUS uses humour--and lots of cynicism and sarcasm--to examine controversial theories and topics that people feel very strongly about, no matter what side of the fence they are on. In addition to making audiences laugh, RELIGULOUS will make them think.
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- Director 1Larry Charles
- ProducerBill Maher,Jonah Smith,Palmer West
- EditorJeff Werner,Christian Kinnard,Jeff Groth
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2009
- GenreDocumentaries & Biographies
- Additional GenreDocumentaries, General
- Running Time97 minutes
Most relevant reviews
- smilinggherkin13 Aug, 2010by
Excellent comedy exposing the truth about religion
A must watch DVD... especially for anyone who is religious! So many people are afraid to question or criticise religion... which is one reason why it remains so powerful, even in the modern world, despite being disproved on so many levels. Comedian Bill Maher presents this humourous look at the crazy way in which people are fooled, conned and indoctrinated by religions around the world.
- arniet80012 Sep, 2009by
This was a really insightful DVD concerning various religious groups. Bill focuses mainly on disprooving religion and adds a very comical yet grown up edge to the matter. Highly recommended, well edited and good length. BUY!
- markcharlessmit...07 Sep, 2009by
I wouldn't call Religulous the funniest thing Bill Maher has produced and he does come across as quite condescending here, to say the least. The title says it all, he does make religion and religious figures look ridiculous within the film, which is his aim of course. Those scenes which didn't end up on the cutting room floor and were therefore included will naturally be the most telling scenes. This was somewhat repetitious at times. Some information regarding the origins of christianity are quite telling. Without spoiling it, I would have purchased the DVD purely for that scene. Not that it will be believed by staunch christians watching it anyway. I would be watching my back very carefully if I had made something like this. Whilst it will come across as preaching to the (un)converted, it will be a major annoyance to those following some form of religion, wherever they are and whatever they worship. In hindsight, I would buy it again. Read full review